By Prof. Jose Maria Sison
Chairperson, International Coordinating Committee
International League of Peoples’ Struggle
4 April 2005
From March 14 to April 22, 2005, the UN Commission on Human Rights holds its 61st Session in Geneva. The US government is once again using this forum to attack Cuba in pursuance of imperialist hegemonic aims. We condemn this latest US maneuver and express our solidarity and support to the people and government of Cuba in defending national sovereignty.
The Cuban people became the mortal enemy of the US when they overthrew the puppet Batista government in a popular revolution and did away with US domination over Cuba. Since then, the US has engaged in all kinds of hostile actions, overt and covert, ranging from economic blockades, assassination plots against Pres. Castro and other leaders to outright invasion such as the failed Bay of Pigs project in 1961. All of these actions have been carried out in order to undermine and subvert the national sovereignty of the Cuban people and destroy the social achievements they have gained by charting their own course.
The US continues to coddle certain Cuban exiles in Florida for terrorist activities against the Cuba people. The case of Orlando Bosch is very revealing. Bosch had participated in more than 30 terrorist acts. He was convicted of firing a rocket into a Polish ship while on its way to Cuba. He was also involved in the 1976 blowing-up of a Cuban plane flying to Havana from Venezuela in which all 73 civilians on board were killed. At the request of Jeb Bush, Pres. George Bush Sr intervened to release the convicted Cuban terrorist from prison and then granted him US residency.
The US has no moral standing to make any judgment on the human rights situation in Cuba or in any country for that matter because it is the No. 1 imperialist power. It is the No. 1 plunderer, terrorist and aggressor in the world. It is the No. 1 human rights violator.
In the US invasion and occupation of the Philippines, the US aggressors killed 1.5 million Filipinos from 1899 to 1914. The US killed more than 200,000 people in the atom bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan, 4.5 million Korean lives in the Korean War, more than 6 million Indochinese lives in the war against Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia and more than one million Indonesian lives in the US-instigated the massacres in Indonesia.
The US has sponsored tyrants such as Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam, Park Chung Hee of South Korea, Marcos of the Philippines, Mobutu of Zaire, and a long list of military dictators in Latin America who terrorized their own people. It has long collaborated with the Israeli Zionists in slaughtering the Palestinian people, depriving them of their homeland and suppressing their national aspirations. The US wars of aggression against Iraq, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan are gigantic acts of terrorism, involving the massacre of thousands upon thousands of civilians with weapons of mass destruction.
The US is an international outlaw and is the No.1 rogue state. It brushes aside international conventions and international institutions including the United Nations and its agencies declaring them “irrelevant” whenever these do not conform or acquiesce to its global geopolitical designs.
The US has unilaterally arrogated unto itself the right of preemptive action and nuclear first strike, puts itself above all countries and above the UN Charter and has kept itself out of treaties that either control or ban weapons of mass destruction.
While engaging in grand-scale terrorism, it insists on immunity for its officials and military personnel and impunity for all their war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of genocide. It is using the UN Security Council and bilateral agreements with pliant governments to guarantee for its officials and personnel immunity from charges of war crimes.
The US wants to re-colonize Cuba and install a puppet government as in the days of Batista. On May 6, 2004 President George W. Bush gave his approval to the report from the so-called Committee for the Assistance to a Free Cuba. The stated aim is to “hasten a change of regime” in Cuba by all possible means, including military means. Its political maneuvers to discredit Cuba are part of this grand design to justify its eventual re-colonization of Cuba.
The US should be stopped from using the UN Commission on Human Rights to serve the interest of US imperialism. We condemn the US government for using prevarication, bullying and blackmail to round up support for its malicious position and activities against Cuba and the Cuban people.
We express our solidarity with the Cuban people and their government in standing up to the US -the arrogant superpower and number one rogue state — in asserting their national sovereignty and their right to chart their own independent course. We call on organizations and all people of goodwill to express their solidarity with the Cuban people by signing the petition in the following website: www.cubadh.net. ###